You and I have been for far too long subjected to over-busy slides full of text. Plenty have writing that’s too small and fills the slide for example. And the slides draw our eyes from the presenter. Indeed too many stages have lighting to illuminate just the screen and NOT the presenter! Yet it’s the presenter who engages with their audience will be the most persuasive.
Every presentation must persuade the audience to change the way they think or feel. To do that, the audience has to be inspired to identify with and connect with the message.
The effective presenter influences their audience by building the relationship and engagement to get them to change their thinking and take action. No one developed a relationship with a PowerPoint slide!
PowerPoint can be a tremendous visual aid or it can be a tremendous sleep aid.
Many audiences blame PowerPoint for being boring but that is like blaming a car for driving too fast ad swerving.PowerPoint is a tool and it is up to the user to determine how well it is used.
Here are some guidelines to help you be a skilled user.
- Each slide should contain only 1 message
- Replace words with images wherever possible
- Eliminate distracting items from photos
- Use a descriptive title
- Use a black “safety slide” at the beginning and end of your show
- Limit slides to six (or fewer) lines of six (or fewer) words
- Progressively disclose new information
- Use a sans serif font that is at least 30 points
- Display ideas – not sentences
- Check your spelling
Keep charts and tables simple
- tables to 5 rows/columns
- bar graphs to…
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